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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Sunday, 08 July 2018
The Minority in Parliament is demanding for an immediate forensic audit into the accounts and activities of the National Petroleum Corporation due to what they have termed as vulgar opulence and obscene vote buying its chairman, Freddie Blay who was on Saturday elected National Chairman for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). The Minority is of the view that, the conduct of Mr Blay and the NPP has not only angered majority of Ghanaians but has embarrassingly attracted international condemnation. The statement which was signed by Ranking Member, Mines and Energy Committee, Adam Mutawakilu said, the Minority said the Minority was in a state of shock after the blatant and unconscionable show of vulgar opulence and vote buying of the most obscene kind by the newly elected chairman. ‘’The conduct of Mr. Freddie Blay and the NPP in engaging in historic levels of profligacy has not only angered the vast majority of Ghanaians, it has embarrassingly attracted international condemnation and brought untold shame upon Ghana. Dr. John Hayward of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party could not help but chide the NPP leadership calling on them to rather invest in reaching out to the people and addressing their concerns instead of splashing money on lavish political campaigns.’’ According to the Minority, ‘’ For someone who manages our oil and gas reserves, one would have expected the highest form of modesty and prudence in outlook, however, the unconscionable extravagant purchase of 275 buses for NPP constituency executives after depositing his so-called personal funds of US$3 million in an US$ 11.4 million transaction which has sparked national outrage at a time Ambulances are in short supply and proceeding further at the congress grounds to share hordes of cash to delegates plus the distribution of tonnes of goodies in the form of branded snacks and other consumables does not only mark a new low in our country's democratic credentials but demands of us to rise as responsible citizens who care about the future of our dear nation. It is for this reason we demand an immediate forensic audit into our country's hydrocarbons.’’ They have also challenged President Akufo-Addo to investigate Mr Blay although they say he was his favourite cxandidate. Read Below the Full statement PRESS RELEASE MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT DEMANDS IMMEDIATE FORENSIC AUDIT INTO THE ACCOUNTS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE GHANA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION FOLLOWING THE VULGAR OPULENCE AND OBSCENE VOTE BUYING BY ITS BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR. FREDDIE BLAY AT THE JUST ENDED NPP DELEGATES CONGRESS The Minority in Parliament is in a state of shock after the blatant and unconscionable show of vulgar opulence and vote buying of the most obscene kind by the newly elected Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Mr. Frederick Worsemao Armah Blay at the just ended National Delegates Congress in Koforidua. The conduct of Mr. Freddie Blay and the NPP in engaging in historic levels of profligacy has not only angered the vast majority of Ghanaians, it has embarrassingly attracted international condemnation and brought untold shame upon Ghana. Dr. John Hayward of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party could not help but chide the NPP leadership calling on them to rather invest in reaching out to the people and addressing their concerns instead of splashing money on lavish political campaigns. We take judicial notice that the newly elected NPP Chairman, Mr. Freddie Blay is not a mere private citizen but a high ranking public official having been appointed by President Akufo-Addo as the Board Chairman of the prestigious Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) since last year. For someone who manages our oil and gas reserves, one would have expected the highest form of modesty and prudence in outlook, however, the unconscionable extravagant purchase of 275 buses for NPP constituency executives after depositing his so-called personal funds of US$3 million in an US$ 11.4 million transaction which has sparked national outrage at a time Ambulances are in short supply and proceeding further at the congress grounds to share hordes of cash to delegates plus the distribution of tonnes of goodies in the form of branded snacks and other consumables does not only mark a new low in our country's democratic credentials but demands of us to rise as responsible citizens who care about the future of our dear nation. It is for this reason we demand an immediate forensic audit into our country's hydrocarbons. Many in Ghana including members of Freddie Blay's own political party such as Mr. Stephen Ntim and Dr. Amoako Baah are legitimately asking for the source of Mr. Freddie Blay's sudden wealth. Ghanaians have not forgotten how only a couple of years back, Mr. Freddie Blay's generosity could not be located when the party in which he was Vice Chairman failed to service a much lower Prudential Bank loan of GHS 2 million which was the subject of heated internal party wrangling which spilled over into the public domain. The Minority recalls how in March this year, we had cause to criticize a rather problematic GNPC work programme for 2018 when it was laid for the approval of Parliament. We objected to the use or shall we say misuse of US$13.4 million to renovate the GNPC office in Accra, construct a new office also in Accra for US$20 million, build another office in Takoradi for US$10 million, erect a transit quarters for the comfort of GNPC staff in Takoradi for US$ 1.9 million and an amorphous allocation of US$ 100 million for so-called agric roads. The gross misconduct of Mr. Freddie Blay fueled by his insatiable desire for political power no matter the cost, renders him unsuitable as the man to remain in charge of our oil and gas resources. Ghana is not safe! The Minority in Parliament therefore demands that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, though complicit as it is well known that Mr. Blay was his most ordained and favoured candidate, commissions an immediate forensic audit to be carried out by an independent internationally acclaimed audit firm. We also demand that Mr. Freddie Blay be made to step aside as GNPC Board Chairman in the interim ahead of the forensic audit so as not to interfere with proceedings. The Minority hereby serves notice that if President Akufo-Addo fails to commission the requested forensic audit within the next two weeks, we shall vigorously explore other avenues within and without Parliament to seek redress and safeguard our country's precious oil and gas resources. Signed, Adam Mutawakilu (MP) Ranking Member, Mines and Energy Committee [8th July, 2018]
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The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuf-Addo has described General Overseer and Founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil as a very good friend. According to him, the renowned man of God has become one of his advisors and his counsel has been of great advantage to him. He made the remarks in a speech at a thanksgiving service held at the Jesus Temple branch of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) at Adweso in Koforidua today [Sunday]. The president who described the polls as free, fair, transparent and credible said, ‘’your General Overseer is my very good friend. He is one of the influential personalities in the country who protect and advice me. He is a great man of God.’’ He also used the opportunity to appeal to the church to pray for his administration as well as the newly elected executives of the party. The party donated a cash amount of GHc10, 000 to the church. The service was under the theme, ‘’Stewardship and Scriptures.’’ Mensa Otabil is a Ghanaian theologian, philanthropist, motivational speaker, entrepreneur. He is the founder of International Central Gospel Church headquartered in Accra, Ghana. He is also the founder and Chancellor of Central University College, and CEO of Otabil and Associates, an executive and Leadership Growth Consultancy. He currently oversees the International Central Gospel churches, which has a network of local assemblies in Ghana, Europe, the United States, Canada and other parts of Africa. He also serves as the senior pastor of Christ Temple, a ministry of the International Central Gospel Church. His work has centered on issues relevant to Africa, although he has spoken internationally at various conferences and churches.
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed gratitude to God for the successful organization of the 26th National Delegates Congress which was held at the Koforidua Technical University on Saturday July 7, 2018. He described the election as free, fair and transparent. He was speaking at the thanksgiving service held today [Sunday] July 8, 2018, at the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) at Adweso, Jesus Temple Branch. He appealed to the church to pray for his administration and most especially, Freddie Blay, the newly elected National Chairman. The president indicated that, the newly elected executives have been elected to give the NPP victory in 2020 and beyond hence the need for the church to pray for the leaders of the party. The NPP yesterday [Saturday] elected new executives who will manage the affairs of the party for the next four years. Mr Freddie Blay, a former legislator and First Deputy Speaker was elected as Chairman. John Boadu, Sammy Awuku, Nana Boakye were elected as General Secretary, National Organizer and Youth Organizer respectively. The president had earlier issued a statement to congratulate the newly elected officers and underscored the need for unity for victory 2020 and beyond. The statement read: ‘’I congratulate warmly the new National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Freddie Worsemawu Blay, Ellembelle Blay, and the other National Officers who were elected at the Party’s National Delegates’ Conference, held in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region, on Saturday, 7th July, 2018. The Party is to be commended for the efficient and successful manner in which the election of new officers, who are to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years, was conducted. We have shown, once again, that we are the Party that has an abiding faith and belief in multi-party democracy. I have, on occasion, stated that internal party contests are not about winners and losers. They are about the Party winning. In adhering to the time-honoured tradition, values and principles of the NPP, I urge all to rally in unity behind the new National Officers of our Party, and ensure that we record another famous, historic victory in the 2020 elections, so we can effect the social and economic transformation of our nation that our people require, and, thereby, help deliver progress and prosperity to them. I thank the officials of the Electoral Commission for their assistance in supervising the election. May God bless the NPP and us all, and bless our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong.’’
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has congratulated the newly elected national executives for the ruling New Patriotic Party. The congratulatory statement also called on party supporters not to see anybody as winners or losers but rather unite and get victory for the party. ‘’‘I have, on occasion, stated that internal party contests are not about winners and losers. They are about the Party winning. In adhering to the time-honoured tradition, values and principles of the NPP, I urge all to rally in unity behind the new National Officers of our Party, and ensure that we record another famous, historic victory in the 2020 elections, so we can effect the social and economic transformation of our nation that our people require, and, thereby, help deliver progress and prosperity to them,’’ it said. Read below the statement from the president I congratulate warmly the new National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Freddie Worsemawu Blay, Ellembelle Blay, and the other National Officers who were elected at the Party’s National Delegates’ Conference, held in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region, on Saturday, 7th July, 2018. The Party is to be commended for the efficient and successful manner in which the election of new officers, who are to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years, was conducted. We have shown, once again, that we are the Party that has an abiding faith and belief in multi-party democracy. I have, on occasion, stated that internal party contests are not about winners and losers. They are about the Party winning. In adhering to the time-honoured tradition, values and principles of the NPP, I urge all to rally in unity behind the new National Officers of our Party, and ensure that we record another famous, historic victory in the 2020 elections, so we can effect the social and economic transformation of our nation that our people require, and, thereby, help deliver progress and prosperity to them. I thank the officials of the Electoral Commission for their assistance in supervising the election. May God bless the NPP and us all, and bless our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong. ……signed…… Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo President of the Republic
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Mr Freddie Blay has been elected as the National Chairman for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the party’s 26th National Delegates Conference held in Koforidua on Saturday July 7, 2018. He polled 3,021 to beat Mr Stephen Ntim and Dr. Ricard Amoako Baah. The two polled 2,558 and 18 votes respectively. John Boadu was also elected as General Secretary of the party with 4,227 votes defeating his main contender Richard Ahiagba who polled 1,274 votes. The National Youth Organizer position went to Nana Boakye who managed to poll 423 as against Dominic and Kamal’s 243 and 107 respectively. Sammy Awuku the immediate past National Organizer was elected National organizer with 4,914 votes defeating Sulemana who had 466 votes and Emmanuel Kodua who had 146 votes. Abdul Aziz, Kate Gyemfua were elected Naasara Coordinator and Women’s Organizer respectively. Mr Abankwa Yeboah was elected as Treasure whereas Rita Asobayire, FF Anto and Chairman Omarie Wadie were elected First, Second and Third Vice respectively.
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